List of Brown University statues
Brown's Marcus Aurelius statue is perhaps the most memorable piece of artwork on the entire campus. It stands atop of the hill on Lincoln Field, at the rear of Sayles Hall, facing Thayer Street through the Soldiers Memorial Gate. The statue was unveiled on June 1, 1908 by Robert Hale Ives Goddard on behalf of his deceased brother Moses Brown Ives Goddard.
The bronze statue is a copy of the famous Equestrian Statue located on Capitoline Hill in Rome. The northern pedestal's face is inscribed with "The Gift of Moses Brown Ives Goddard to Brown University MCMVII".
The Caesar Augustus statue stands in front of the Sharpe Refectory in Hughes Court. It was a gift to the university by Moses Brown Ives Goddard in 1906. It is an exact bronze copy of the Vatican Museum's classic Augustus of Prima Porta statue. The statue's arm broke off due to a hurricane that struck Providence in 1938. It was originally located in front of Rhode Island Hall on the main College Green, until it was moved to its current location in 1952.
The pedestal reads "The Gift of Moses Brown Ives Goddard to Brown University".
The seven-foot bronze Brown Bear statue stands at a prominent location above the entrance into the College Green from Faunce House. It was gifted to the university in 1923, paid for by $10,000 of donations from Brown alumni. It was sculpted and cast by New York City animalier Eli Harvey. The statue was originally located at Marvel Gymnasium, but was moved to the main College Green when the gym was shut down in 1989.
The front side of the pedestal reads:
Given By Alumni And Undergraduates
To Brown University
To Symbolize Those Qualities Of
Strength Courage Endurance
Which Go Far To Make Men Invincible
The bear stands on a pedestal containing a piece of slate rock stepped upon by Roger Williams in 1636 when claiming the land that would become the city of Providence. On the back of the statue, below the slate, the pedestal is inscribed with:
This is a piece of the slate rock
on which Roger Williams Landed
when he came here in 1636
to hold forth his lively experiment
of independence with strength & courage.
May his spirit live in Brown men.
Little Bear Fountain
Slightly out of the way from the main campus, the Little Bear Fountain currently resides next to Brown's Faculty Club. The fountain was a gift from Theodore Francis Green, who had promoted the bear as Brown’s mascot; it is a bronze replica of one which Green found presiding over a fountain in Breslau, Poland. Over the years, the statue was painted with lacquer, masking much of the artistic detail of the bear. It was recently restored to its original condition. The water features of the statue, however, are disabled.